California Revealed Project

California Revealed is a State Library-funded initiative to help California’s public libraries, in partnership with other local heritage groups, digitize, preserve, and serve online historically significant Californiana (e.g., books, documents, audiovisual recordings). Participating organizations identify and select from their collections, create discovery metadata for the selected materials, and send materials together with associated metadata to the California Revealed Project team located at the State Library in Sacramento . To date, more than 200 California libraries, archives, and museums are participating in the project.

Guidelines for participation in the 2018/19 California Revealed project are here. The deadline for applications is September 28, 2018.  Slides from 2018 workshops on participating in California Revealed are here.

After awarded materials are received, California Revealed Project team:

  • inspects the condition of materials received from participating libraries
  • confirms materials received against their associated metadata
  • processes and sends materials to digitization service providers
  • performs quality control on digital objects received from service providers
  • uploads digital objects and their metadata to the California Revealed digital asset management system for online access
  • provides digital preservation

Phase 1 of California Revealed, a planning phase, was completed in October 2016. The current phase, November 2016 forward, is focused on production and is dedicated to accomplishing digitization, digital preservation, and digital access goals identified in the first phase of the project.

Tools and Documents

Guide to identification of audiovisual formats
Metadata Guidelines for Audiovisual Recordings
Metadata Guidelines for Still Images and Text
Permissions Guidelines
Digitization Services Statement of Work
Quality Assurance Guidelines
Shipping Guidelines
Audiovisual materials
Print materials
Oversized print materials
Shipping Forms
– California Revealed shipping manifest for newspapers
– Backstage Library Works shipping manifest (other than newspapers)
Order Forms for Digital Files
– Backstage Library Works order form for digital files
– Media Preserve order form for digital files

Resources to assist you with selecting materials for digitization:

***Project position currently under recruitment (11/27/2018)***
We are hiring. Please follow the link below for more information.